Wagons Ho! 1965 Chevrolet Impala

In 1965, the Chevy Impala, which had been redesigned, set an industry sales record that hasn’t been beaten since more than one million units sold in the U.S. Apparently more and more people were “seeing the USA in a Chevrolet.” Part of that success is this 1965 Impala station wagon, which appears to have been in dry storage for some time. The seller doesn’t say much about the car in his ad here on Facebook Marketplace, but it looks to be a dusty, but a solid machine. If you want to see it, you’re going to have to get to Fairbanks, Alaska, and to take it home, that will cost you $9,950.

The Impala first appeared in 1958 as essentially a decked out Bel Air hardtop or convertible. From there it branched out to carry Chevy’s top-line model flag until the Caprice came along in 1965/66. It has remained part of the Chevy portfolio on and off through 2020 when Chevrolet decided to move more of its production to SUVs and trucks. The fourth generation of the Impala – which ran from 1965 through 1970 – covers the seller’s wagon. Beginning in ’65, all new full-size Chevrolets went with a full-width perimeter frame and a new body that featured more curves, a sharper angled windshield with reshaped vent windows, and a redesigned full-coil suspension. (source: Wikipedia)

As we said, the seller is short on words regarding his wares, preferring interested parties to message him instead. What we do know is that the body looks really good from the limited angles the photos give us. We gather it doesn’t run or why not pull the car out and take pics from all around instead of from inside a single-stall garage? The seller says the exterior color is beige, but it looks more like white over Artesian Turquoise from checking out the Chevy color charts for that year.

From what we see of the interior, it looks mighty nice except for the tear in the bottom of where the driver would sit. Hopefully, that’s an easy fix. The tissue dispenser under the dash is a nice touch. We can’t tell if there’s a third seat way in the back, so we’ll assume it’s a six-passenger wagon. All the glass looks good and the car would probably present really well with good cleaning and wax.

The engine compartment looks like it hasn’t been touched in a while except to remove the air cleaner (perhaps in an attempt to start it up). We can’t tell what flavor of V-8 is there, but it’s likely the small block 283 or 327 with a Powerglide to handle the shifting duties. We see a power brake booster, so power steering is probably there, too. No signs of factory air conditioning.

The seller apparently checked with Hagerty before setting his price as Impalas from 1965 go from $8,500 to $26,300 depending on body style and engine choice. Considering this is a wagon and not a 396 or 4-speed, the lower end of that price range is more likely. But that would also depend on if the wagon is roadworthy and we’re not told anything about that in the seller’s ad. Wagons Ho!

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  1. Big_Fun Member

    Well, this wagon looks good from the limited amount of pictures. I’m on my phone, so the pictures are blurry when I zoom in. That is a 4 bbl carb, and you can barely read the ‘327’ on the dusty rocker arm cover. The air cleaner lid is blocking the front of the heads, so we don’t know if they are of the 300 hp or the 250 hp variety.
    No third row, usually seller would mention that, and no steps on back bumper. It does have the power rear window, though.
    I think the knob under the dash left of the tissue holder is for a rear speaker fader.

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    • gbvette62

      You’re right, it is a 327, the 283 had flat valve covers with the Chevrolet script, and only came with a 2 bbl in 65. I’m pretty sure it’s the 250 horse version, because that looks like the Rochester 4GC that came on 250’s. The 300’s used a Carter AFB carb.

      Looks like a nice car, especially for wagon fans, which I am. Fairbanks is a long journey from Jersey though, and of course there’s that quarantine thing going on here too. I think I’ll have to pass on this one.

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    • Bob C.

      I believe this is the first year Chevy started putting the v8 call out badges on the fenders. This year would read “283”, but for the next two, it would have only the flags. It would still read the bigger v8s cubes.

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  2. Stevieg

    It is so hard to make any decisions on a car with pictures like these. Even worse when the car is in Alaska. I want to believe it is decent, but you just can’t come to any conclusion this way. The best way to make sure is to go to Alaska & put your hands on it. Ya gotta REALLY want one of these to do that lol.

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  3. CCFisher

    My parents had one of these in Mist Blue. Equipment was very similar to this car, but with single-tone paint. Dad got rid of it after the straps on the gas tank failed and it fell out onto the road.

    Those moldings on the D-pillar and tailgate for the two-tone paint have to be pure unobtanium at this point. They would only have been used on Chevrolet and Pontiac wagons with two-tone paint or a vinyl roof.

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  4. Geoff

    With the Canadians currently blocking most US traffic from the Al-Can Highway one would probably have to ship by sea to get into the Lower 48 which could hurt the seller from a timing standpoint. If it spent its life in Alaska rust is also an obvious concern.

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  5. Glenn Schwass Member

    Nice and the price isn’t nuts. I hope it goes to a good home.

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  6. Bob McK Member

    I love this car, but have no idea what it would cost to ship it from Fairbanks. That is a long way north of Anchorage.

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  7. john hugh

    2 much $

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  8. TimM

    This car is actually kind of like I’ll sell you my house for $50 dollars but the toilet is an extra $400,000!!!!

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